Star Wars is an incredibly loved franchise with a vast fanbase spanning across the world. Thankfully, so are destinations where fans can stand on the ground that their favorite moments were filmed on. For many, it’s about getting a real-life vibe about how it feels to be apart of the Star Wars world, and getting to stand on the same ground as some of their favorite actors and characters.
Mos Espa, Tunisia
This place was the inspiration for Tatooine, and many of the sets were set up around Tunisia. There are tons of attractions in Tunisia that a Star Wars fan would be lucky to have an opportunity to see, such as Lar’s homestead. However, Mos Espa is the place most fans have rated the highest. You can get transportation from a nearby into the area and have the opportunity to see the entire town. How awesome is that?
Redwood National Park, USA
Most people probably don’t think that they can double up on a fantastic experience to the Redwood National Park and also have a one-of-a-kind Star Wars experience. This is where Endor was visualized and shot, so it is the home of some of Star War’s favorite fluffy characters, the Ewoks. This is also a wonderful opportunity to see an outstandingly beautiful National Park.
Death Valley, USA
If you can’t make it all the way to Tunisia to get a taste of Tatooine, why not just head on over to Death Valley in the USA? It’s tough to find since it’s such a vast expanse of desert, but fans around the world have made sure they keep their fellow Star Wars geek informed of the exact filming locations.
If you’re a major fan of the Empire Strikes Back, then you’ll want to book tickets to Finse in Norway once you realize it was where they filmed the scenes of Planet Hoth. Norway is incredibly cold, so you’ll have to be quite dedicated to make this trip. However, Hoth was an iconic part of the original trilogy and would be a dream to some fans.
There are hundreds of locations worldwide to visit when it comes to Star Wars, including fan-based destinations that cater to those searching for merchandise and experience. Which one will you visit first?
Due to their dramatic nature, is it really surprising that soap operas are the longest-running shows in TV history? Because of that, we can’t help but wonder what soap stars are like now.
Joan Collins’s name precedes her, as the unique woman has had a long, thriving career that is traced all the way back to the 1950’s. Collins never shied away from roles that were of both smaller and bigger nature, and it was this very driven passion that landed her well-remembered appearances. The most noted ones are the role of Alexis Carrington Colby on Dynasty from 1981 to 1989, Guiding Light in 2002 as Alexandra Spaulding Von Halkein Thorpe, and The Grand Duchess Alexandra of Oxford in The Royals.
Known for her role on the daytime soap One Life to Live as Victoria Lord, Erika Slezak always took great pride in her dedication to her work. Her role as Victoria Lord Banks on the show since 1971 and 45 years onwards is living proof of that. In between that, her only other credited roles include Jean Robert in the TV movie FullCircle, which came out in 1996. Slezak won six Daytime Emmys for her distinguished work out of nine nominations in total.
Credited in both daytime and primetime shows, Susan Michaela Sullivan is mostly known for her roles as Maggie Gioberti Channing on the primetime soap Falcon Crest, Lenore Curtin Delaney on the soap opera Another World, and Kitty Montgomery on the ABC sitcom Dharma & Greg. Since Dharma & Greg ended in 2002, Sullivan acted as Martha Rodgers on Castle until 2016 and had a voice role in Big Hero 6: The Series in 2017. Sullivan keeps busy to this day, appearing on shows and films alike.
It was 1986 when Rebecca Herbst made her television debut, appearing in a single episode of LA Law. After this, Herbst went on to appear in episodes of tremendously successful shows like Step by Step, Beverly Hills 90210, Sister, Sister, and Boy Meets World. Herbst went on to act in Brotherly Love in 1997 under the role of Kristin. To this day, Rebecca acts on General Hospital as Elizabeth Webber Spencer, a role she has had locked down since 1997.
Linda Evans is primarily known for her roles on TV, and she made headlines from way back in the 1960’s. To this day, her most well-appreciated role was as Krystle Carrington in the ABC prime-time soap Dynasty. Evans also acted on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet where she played Linda, Shirley, Sally, and many more. Her latest appearance was in 2009 when Evans won the British TV program Hell’s Kitchen. Evans also has her very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
It was the role of Lisa McColl on As the World Turns that put Eileen Fulton on the map – and Fulton remained with the show for its entire 50-year run. That is not to say Eileen didn’t play with other roles – in fact, she acted in several films in 2005, 2008, and 2011. Fulton appeared in Private Lives for four episodes, playing the character of Lisa Hughes. Since then, Eileen has written numerous books, “Eileen Fulton’s Take One For Murder”. Romantically, Fulton was married for three months to a landscape architect in 1989.
Nancy Lee Grahn
Nancy Lee Grahn appeared in Santa Barbara from 1985 to 1993, where she took the role of Julia Wainwright upon herself. In 1997, Nancy also landed a gig in Melrose Place and was given the lines of a character named Denise Fielding. Nancy already has an impressive resume by the time she landed other TV roles, one of them being Principal Russell in the show 7th Heaven from 1997 to 1999. Nancy also joined the cast of General Hospital and to this day plays Alex Davis Jerome on the show.
In 2000, and at just 16-years old, Michelle Ryan was picked to play the character, Zoe Slater in the British soap opera, Eastenders. Since leaving the show in 2005, Michelle has starred in the short-lived American television series, Bionic Woman, and as the evil sorceress, Nimueh, in the BBC fantasy series, Merlin. At the end of 2012, she toured with Will Young in a production of Cabaret and, in 2013, Ryan starred in several episodes of Covert Affairs, where she played two different characters.
Julie Goodyear played the role of Bet Lynch in Coronation Street and is known as one of the serial’s most popular characters ever. She first appeared on the show in 1966, but only became a regular in 1970. Bet appeared on the show for 25 years and decided to leave in 1995, making brief returns in 2002 and 2003. She has since appeared in several reality shows such as Road Raja, Age Swap, Celebrity Penthouse, Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes, and in the tenth series of Celebrity Big Brother.
In 1999, Holly Valance was cast in the long-running Australian soap, Neighbours. A teenager at the time, she was cast to play Felicity “Flick” Scully and stayed on the series till 2002. She left to pursue a career in music, and her first single was “Kiss Kiss'” an English rewrite of the Turkish version, “Şımarık.” It was released in 2002 and reached the Number One spot on the singles chart in Australia, the UK, and in Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
The talented Bryan Dattilo played some small roles, and it was this minor televised success that landed him the role of Lucas Roberts in Days of Our Lives. Ever since he was admitted as a main character on Days of Our Lives in 1993, Dattilo has shown no signs of stopping, and he is on the show to this very day. Last year, however, Bryan did take a brief break from the show to play around with the role of Eric in Youthful Daze.
Film, TV and stage actor David Selby appeared in more than 60 movies and television shows since his kickstart in the horror-fantasy show titled Dark Shadows. In Dark Shadows, Selby played Quentin Collins from 1968 to 1971. One this gig ended, Selby turned to the show Flamingo Road from 1981 to 1982 as Michael Tyrone from 1981 to 1982, and this relatively short-lived role was soon swapped with the show Falcon Crest, where he played a character by the name of Richard Channing. Since then, Selby has continued his dynamic acting career.
As The World Turns was Terri Conn’s big break the minute she landed the role of Katie Peretti Snyder in 1998. The gig came when Conn had slim experience in other TV shows, but as fate would have it, Conn continued to film with As The World Turns until 2010 when it went off the air. It didn’t take long for Conn to fit right into a new show, which explains why she signed with the soap One Life To Live.
As a cast member of General Hospital since 1996, Tyler Christopher was associated with the character of Nikolas Cassdine ever since he started acting professionally. Tyler did manage to work on other sets of shows during his time on General Hospital, including Felicity, Angel, and Crossing Jordan, not to mention two years in The Lying Game as Dan Whitehorse. Tyler’s last appearance on General Hospital was in 2016, and since then he claims to be working in the film industry. However, fans still hope to see him return to General Hospital.
The longtime soap opera actor known as Doug Savant first appeared in Knot’s Landing, then moved on to act in Melrose Place from 1992 and up until 1997 as Matt Fielding. Since the latter got canceled, Doug appeared in many TV shows including a gig on 24 in 2004 as Craig Phillips. If his face seems awfully familiar, it is probably since you remember him from Desperate Housewives, where he acted as Linette Scavo’s husband, Tom. Savant was on the primetime drama from 2004 to 2012.
Robert S. Woods
Robert Sosebee Woods is best remembered for playing Bo Buchanan on the soap One Life to Live – the very same role that won him a Daytime Emmy Award in 1983 for Lead Actor. However, his first even jotted TV performance was as Dr. David Spencer in The Waltons – a job he maintained for a steady 3-year period. Woods left the role of a Vietnam War veteran on One Life to Live in 1986, but returned to the role until the show was canceled in 2012. Woods is married to actress Loyita Chapel.
Although his first few film roles are largely uncredited, Andrew Shue did manage to pile plenty of 1980’s hits to his resume, the most noted ones being The Karate Kid and Adventures in Babysitting. It was not until 1992 that Shue made his big debut as Billy Campbell on Melrose Place, but he left the show six years later. Since then, Shue was spotted in the 2007 film Gracie with his sister Elisabeth and brother John but has since not been seen on the small or big screen.
Steve Burton was cast in Out of This World in 1987, which was his first notable role and one he continued acting until the show closed the curtain in 1991. After the latter, Burton began a long run on General Hospital, where he played James Morgan right up until 2015. Since 2013, Burton has been acting as Dylan McAvoy in the soap The Young and the Restless, and in 2017 Burton returned to General Hospital under the alias of “Patient 6.” Burton is married and has three children.
Gordon Thomson is a Canadian actor who is mostly known for his work on the soap Dynasty where he played Adam Carrington, but truth be told, the man appeared in almost every soap imaginable. After Dynasty, Thomson went on to play Mason Capwell in Santa Barbara for three years and has since then appeared in shows like Sunset Beach and Passions. Thomson’s latest appearance was in Good Morning Britain, where the actor took upon himself the role of a guest host, covering celebrity events like Wimbledon and Royal Ascot.
Don Hastings had a rich acting career in television before he scored a role in As The World Turns. His debut was as early as the very beginning of television in 1949, where Don appeared in Captain Video and the Video Rangers. After this, Don appeared in infrequent episodes of numerous TV shows, before signing a two-year contract for The Edge of Night as Jack Lane. These days Hastings lives with his second wife in upstate New York. The two have one daughter together.
Maybe it’s his sensual glare, or perhaps his rare acting abilities, but it seems Lorenzo Lamas has had more television success than other soap stars. Lorenzo’s first gig was long-lasting, which is very impressive for a TV debut. Lorenzo kicked off his televised career through Falcon Crest as Lance Cumson in 1981 and remained there for nine years. After which, Lorenzo managed to make a name for himself and went on to star in a number of films. Lorenzo also appeared on The Bold and the Beautiful.
Thomas Calabro is an actor and, these days, a director as well. A career he built himself after his big limelight debut came in 1984, hand-in-hand with a relatively small role in Exterminator 2. Calabro made his TV debut as Joey Coltrera in Dream Street in 1989 and landed a role as Dr. Michael Mancini in Melrose Place in 1992. After a 7-year run, Thomas decided it was time to leave Melrose Place, and has since then been working consistently in TV and film.
Another actor who got his professional acting career ignited in the late 1980’s is Matthew Ashford. The actor appeared as Cagney McCleary in Search for Tomorrow for two years and left the show in 1986, only to pursue greater, more challenging roles. He was then offered the gig of Jack Devereaux in Days of Our Lives in 1989, a character he played until 2016. Ashford is the sixth of eight children. Ashford married Lana Buss in 2016, and together they have a son and a daughter.
As the World Turns flipped 180 degrees when Colleen Zenk entered the ring, playing Barbara Ryan in the daytime drama from as early as 1978 and right up until it was taken off the air in 2010. During this time, however, Zenk appeared in a periodic film but mostly stuck to As the World Turns. After the series finale, Zenk had a few different acting roles, including both TV and film, as well as a few theatrical roles. Zenk is now in remission after a surgery she underwent in 2013.
Father of the dazzlingly talented and equally as beautiful Jennifer Aniston, John was in the acting game long before his daughter became one of the most recognized faces on the planet. His debut was in The 87th Precinct in 1962, and he worked continuously in TV since then. It was his long-running role on Days of Our Lives starting 1986 that put him on the map. Aniston was said to have retired, but despite the rumors, he can still be spotted on the daytime circuit as Victor Kiriakis on Days of Our Lives.
Actor turned producer John James began his acting career in TV in 1977, the minute he landed the role of John ‘Junior’ Bergman in Search for Tomorrow. After this stint, James had the role of Jeff Colby on Dynasty right up until 1989. James also appeared on The Love Boat, portraying several complex characters, including Robert Di Nardi, Enzo Carducci, and Dr. van Damme. Additionally, James acted in other soaps including All My Children and As The World Turns. His last appearance was in the film Chronology in 2015.
His first soap opera appearance was in All My Children as Nico Kelly, a role he had from 1987 until 1990, but it was his character of Sonny Corinthos on General Hospital that really put Maurice Benard on the map. Starting 1993, Benard found his true calling, which explains why he is still on the show to this day. Benard has been honored with six Outstanding Lead Actor in a Daytime Drama nominations and managed even to gain a win in 2003 in this category.
Kate Linder is best known for the role she landed in 1982 as Esther Valentine on The Young and the Restless. In addition to more than four decades on the soap The Young and the Restless, Linder managed to appear in other shows during the last 20 years. In particular, including the role of Katie Bender in A Couple of White Chicks at the Hairdresser, Sandrine Simpson in the TV film Miracle at Gate 213, and more recently, La Vecchia in A Voice for the Living.
Cameron Mathison found a steady professional home on the set of All My Children in the year of 1998, where he remained a permanent cast member until the show ended in 2011. Mathison continues to act in both comedic and dramatic roles to this day, having appeared in shows like Castle, Desperate Housewives, Hot in Cleaveland and Drop Dead Diva, to name a few. His latest television appearance was in the Hallmark Channel TV movie At Home in Mitford which was released in 2017.
Hearts and Armour was the film that kicked Ronn Moss’s acting career into second gear, playing the role of Ruggero. Then, in 1987, Moss was given the opportunity to play Ridge Forrester in The Bold And The Beautiful, which he did until 2012. After the successful soap, Moss went on to play diverse roles, such as Ian in Familie and John Blackwell in The Bay. In 2014, Moss appeared on the daytime soap General Hospital alongside his band titled Player. Moss and the band performed their hit “Baby Come Back.”
Bissett became known for her persona of Jane Andrews Mancini on Melrose Place from 1992 to 1999, but briefly reprised the role in 2009 to revive the TV show. By 2008, Bissett landed a role in The Secret Life of the American Teenager.
John Hensley is mostly known for his long-lived, recurring character of Holden Snyder in As The World Turns but Hensley made his television debut in one episode of One Life to Live during the 1980’s. Following the end of As The World Turns, Hensley landed a role in The Bold and the Beautiful as Dr. Meade, a role he maintained for two years. However, since his run in 2013 has ended, Hensley has not been spotted in any new projects.
Known for playing Chris Kositchek and Roman Brady on the daytime drama Days of Our Lives, Josh Taylor didn’t get his big break until this very casting. After which, Taylor spent his time filming for The Young and the Restless as Jed Sanders, in addition to Jack McKay in Beverly Hills 90210. In 1997, Taylor returned to Days of Our Lives, and in 2004 his character was killed, but the favored actor returned several months later appearing not to have died after all. To this day Taylor is on the show.
Kassia Wesley DePaiva
Kassia Wesley DePaiva booked the role of Chelsea Reardon in Guiding Light, and so her successful career in acting began. Kassia spent five years on the show until 1991, and a year later she was cast in One Life to Live under the role of Blair Crammer Manning, one she aced until the show’s finale in 2013. Starting from 2014, Kassia moved on to appear in the daytime drama Days of Our Lives, where she played Eve Donovan – a role is playing to this very day.
Michael E. Knight
Michael E. Knight is best known for his role as Tad Martin on the ABC soap All My Children, as his run spanned from 1983 and all the way through the show’s finale in 2011. Knight also made cameos on the show One Life to Live as the same character of Tad Martin. When All My Children ended it’s run, Knight moved on to appear in The Young and The Restless. In 2017, Michael also had a surprise appearance on the Home & Family show, where he reunited with several All My Children castmates.
Pamela Sue Martin
Dynasty was Pamela Sue Martin’s playground for a steady, 3-year run – from 1981 to 1984. As Fallon Carrington Colby, Pamela was able to mess around with the character of a spoiled daughter of a wealthy businessman, which she landed thanks to her previous role as Nancy Drew in The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries. Once the Dynasty chapter ended, Pamela decided not to return to soaps and instead bounced around various television shows and films. Her last appearance was in McTaggert’s Fortune as Sgt. Jeanine Bowman.
General Hospital featured Zeman as Bobbie Spencer all the way back in 1977, and it is the role she is best remembered for to this very day. Zeman, a New Jersey native, actually kick-started her career as a Bunny in the Playboy Club in 1972, which is why she found working in a show that has a continuously climactic plot so thrilling. Zeman also tried her hand at being a spokesperson for Excedrin aspirin. Currently, she works on the Home Shopping Network as a jewelry presenter.
Katherine Kelly Lang
Katherine Kelly Lang began acting when she was 18-years-old. Her initial appearance was in Skatetown, USA as Alison, after which she worked her way going from one small television and movie role to another. Come 1987, Lang landed the role of Brooke Logan on The Bold and the Beautiful, a role she embodied heart and soul until this very day. Lang also had Brooke cross over in soap The Young and the Restless since she was such a dominant character, and a well-recognized one at that.
Renee Jones did not get her big break on TV until 1980, but it wasn’t until 1993 that she really made a name for herself as a cast member on Days of Our Lives. Before then, Renee appeared in more than 40 varied television series, including soap operas such as Santa Barbara, Knot’s Landing, and The Bold and the Beautiful. Not many know that Renee also appeared in a single episode of The Fresh Prince with Will Smith. She 2012, Renee has not been seen in anything.
Case broke into the industry of famous and fabulous as a model at the age of 17. After a brief relocation to Japan, she decided acting was her calling. These days, she is mostly known for her work on The Young and the Restless – which she still acts in presently. Additionally, won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for this very portrayal. In 2010, Case wanted to add on to her already impressive resume and created a signature jewelry line called “Pomp.”
Christian Jules Le Blanc
The Young and the Restless would not have been the same if it wasn’t for Michael Baldwin. The 59-year-old actor first landed the role in 1991, but then took a hiatus from the show until 1997. Before this show, LeBlanc acter in As the World Turns, which is another soap opera. LeBlanc is on The Young and the Restless to this day and won numerous awards for his talent and performance on the show. LeBlanc also appeared in the music video “I Keep On Loving You” by Reba McEntire.
Tracey E. Bregman
Lauren Fenmore was the character Bregman played in The Young and the Restless, and she has been on and off the show since 1983 until 2007. Born in Munich, Germany, Tracey lived in Great Britain until she was 10, then her family relocated to sunny California. A year later she picked up acting, which she enjoys doing to this very day. Bregman launched a yoga-inspired clothing line in 2004 called “Bountiful Buddha,” and also launched her own jewelry line. She is an honorary board member for an animal sanctuary in Pennsylvania.
Whether you remember him as Dr. Cliff Watner on All My Children or Jack Abbott on The Young and the Restless, you can agree Bergman is anything but a rookie when it comes to the soap industry. Bergman’s first marriage to actress Christine Ebersole was rather short-lived as it only lasted five years, but his second marriage to Mariellen is valid to this day. The lovebirds have two kids together. Since 1989, Bergman has had the role of Abbott on The Young and the Restless, where he acts to this day.
Walt Willey had a long time key character on All My Children that went by the name of Jackson Montgomery. Willey played the role of Montgomery from 1987 to 2011, as it was then that the show went off the air. Willey had small roles before All My Children, but the latter was his notable big break. Since then, Willey had a two year run on the show Tainted Dreams where he had the role of Gregory Ashford. He left the show in 2016 and was most recently seen in Butcher the Bakers.
Braeden’s father was once mayor of his hometown Bredenbek, Germany, but young Eric knew he had no interesting in a political career from a young age. During his first two decades in the United States, Braeden had more than 120 credited roles to his name. In 1980, he was offered a role on The Young and the Restless – a role that lasted nearly 30 years. In 2009, Braeden announced he was leaving the show, but then his publicist announced an agreement was reached and he would remain with the soap.
Former fashion model Moore has been on so many shows, his face is one of the most recognizable ones in Hollywood. From Criminal Minds to Soul Train – he has done it all. However, it is his role on The Young and the Restless that had him nominated numerous times for Daytime Emmy Awards. In February 2017, a message was released to the press that Moore will star in a new show entitled S.W.A.T., which will be based on the film of the same name.
Walton left home when she was only 17 to join a Toronto theater company. Then, in 1969, she left everything behind and moved to Hollywood. The next year, Universal Studios signed her. Some might say she had an easy start, but the truth is Walton was very talented from the start. After guest starring in several TV shows, Walton landed a role on the soap Capitol. After the show was canceled, Walton joined The Young and the Restless. Walton is still on the show today and is happily married to John James.
Acting as both Emily Quartermaine and Rebecca Shaw on General Hospital, Natalia Livingston is not only mesmerizingly beautiful but is an exceptionally gifted actress. Natalia is also widely known for her appearance on Days of Our Lives as Taylor Walker, which she landed after leaving General Hospital. Natalia has also produced a documentary in 2011 titled The Man Who Ate New Orleans. Livingston married neuroscientist and longtime boyfriend Dr. Matt Aldag in 2016, and the two are expecting a baby daughter come September 2018.
Actor Anthony Geary originated the role of Luke Spencer on the daytime drama General Hospital, and for this role, he had received an all-time record of eight Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Geary also appeared in well-known films such as Fish Tank, Teacher’s Pet and Johnny Got His Gun. In May 2015 Geary publicly announced he is leaving General Hospital. Since then, the actor has not been seen in anything else as he had retired.
The vibrant smile goes a long way for the dazzling Hennesy, who in addition to being a soap opera actress is also an author – and a zoo advocate. Her role as Diane Miller on General Hospital earned her a few Emmy nominations, and her novel The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli landed number 16 on the New York Times Best Seller list. Her most recent work includes an appearance in the soap opera web series The Bay in 2016. Hennesy is divorced and has no children.
Doug Davidson portrayed the role of private investigator Paul Willims on The Young and the Restless even since 1978. The CBS soap opera marked Davidson as the show’s longest-serving current cast member. His big debut, however, was in the 1977 film Fraternity Row as Collin. In the 1990’s, Davidson appeared in the film Mr. Write as Roger, but since he has had other appearances such as hosting The New Price Is Right in 1994 and hosting the annual Tournament of Roses Parade from 1998 to 2003.
One of the regulars of the original Dynasty series was the classy Pamela Bellwood, who played Claudia Blaisdel. However, after six seasons, her character was killed off, setting her own hotel room ablaze. It seems like her on-screen death didn’t do her career too many favors. Bellwood has since appeared in shows such as Murder She Wrote and Criminal Minds. Nowadays, she goes by the name of Pamela Belwood Wheeler after tying the knot with photographer Nik Wheeler.
Yani Gellman first appeared on The Young and the Restless as Rafe Torres, a lawyer who was the first and only character on the show to be openly gay. Importantly, Gellman wasn’t aware that he would be playing a gay character in the soap and he never had an issue playing such a character. Since his time on the show came to an end in 2011, Gellman has had roles on shows such as Pretty Little Liars, 90210 and most recently, CSI: Cyber.
From 1999 to 2007, Farah Fath played the character Mimi Lockhart on Days of our Lives. Since her departure, Fath has worked on another soap opera but traded NBC for ABC’s One Life to Live. Farah’s personal life has also been steady, having tied the knot in 2015 with professional poker player Phil Galfond. Amazingly though, Farah’s career went full circle when it was announced in May 2018 that she would actually be returning to Days of Our Lives after 11 years away from the show.
Heather Locklear has had a productive acting career which was kicked off with CHiPs in 1980. After being cast as Officer Stacey Sheridan in 1982 for the show T.J. Hooker, Locklear quickly became a well-known face on the red carpet, especially since she had a respectable 5-year run on the show. Locklear nowadays is more known for her role on Melrose Place, which she starred in from 1993 to 1999. Locklear also played Sammy Jo Dean Carrington on Dynasty and is currently First Lady Katelynn Christian in Too Close to Home.
Before becoming a popular singer in the United Kingdom and Australia, Kylie achieved recognition for playing Charlene Robinson on the Australian soap, Neighbours. Viewers watched her relationship with Jason Donovan’s character, Scott Robinson, play out over her two years on screen, and their wedding episode was viewed by nearly 20 million people in the UK. Minogue soon turned to music and her lead single, “Can’t Get You Out of My Head,” sold over ten million units, making it one of the most successful singles of the 2000s.
Saying David Canary’s name, the first thing that usually comes to mind is either his role on Bonanza or All My Children. As a matter of fact, his face is one of the most recognizable ones in All My Children. Canary started his career written into the original soap Peyton Place, where he played Dr. Russ Gehring until 1966. He began his run in All My Children in 1984, when he landed the role of Adam Chandler. This was the last role Canary had, right up until his death in 2015.
In 1985, Texas native Hunter Tylo began her soap opera career when she made her television debut as a recurring character on ABC’s All My Children. Three years later, she was fired from the role and went on to star in Days of Our Lives, only to be killed off the show shortly after. Tylo was discouraged and quit acting to study pre-med, enrolling in Fordham University before being offered a main role in The Bold and the Beautiful. Tylo recurred in the show as Dr. Taylor Hayes for many seasons, from 1990 until 2014.
Dr. Dorian Lord Vickers was Robin Strasser’s big break, as she began her career on One Life to Live in 1979 – a character she played on and off until 2013. In between playing the doctor in Llanview, PA, she was also seen making appearances in Knot’s Landing, Passions, and Another World. It seems Strasser had a knack for acting as a medical professional, as she played a doctor on All My Children too. Robin came back to the role during the early 2000’s for infrequent episodes.
Kathryn Leigh Scott
Kathryn Leigh Scott, now 77 years old, is an American actress known for her soap opera work — not just any soap opera, though. Rather, Scott played several characters on a niche program called Dark Shadows, a show that focused on a family of vampires and was far different from other soap operas of its day. Scott left the show in 1970, going on to play parts in shows including Dial M for Murder and Hawaii Five-O. Although she still remains active in the industry, Scott’s main focus is Pomegranate Press, a publishing company that the actress founded in 1985.
Kim Zimmer is an actress who got her big break as Echo DiSavoy on One Life to Live, and as Reva Shayne on Guiding Light — a role that earned her four Daytime Emmy Awards. Although Zimmer has continued to pursue film and television projects, her main focus since 2012 has been theater. In fact, Zimmer even joined the cast of Broadway’s Wicked, playing the part of Madame Morrible until September of 2014! She’s also had roles in various other productions including Broadway musical Gypsy!
Before Dr. Doug Ross (George Clooney) from ER, Rick Springfield was actually the guy who got hearts racing as Dr. Noah Drake on ABC’s General Hospital. That’s right — “Jessie’s Girl” pop-rock singer was also a soap opera actor at one point. As his music career began to take off, though, conflicts with Springfield’s filming schedule began to arise and he ultimately left the show in 1983. Over the years, Springfield has not only continued making music but he’s also kept himself busy with appearances in shows including American Horror Story and Supernatural. In 2013, Springfield even returned to the hospital halls to reprise his role as Dr. Drake.
Elizabeth Hubbard is an award-winning actress who got her start in daytime soap operas when she starred as Anne Fletcher in Guiding Light in 1962. It wasn’t until 1964, though, that Hubbard gained more prominence as Dr. Althea Davis on one of the first long-running soaps, The Doctors. Aside from that, Hubbard has kept herself busy over the years with various projects. In 2015, she appeared as Eva Montgomery on the soap opera web series Anacostia for which she earned an Emmy nomination less than a year later!
Kristina Wagner, now 56 years old, was one of the longest-running cast members on ABC’s daytime soap General Hospital. Having been cast as Felicia Cummings back in 1984, Wagner ultimately left the show after a contractual dispute in 2005, although she did return a few years later to reprise her role. Since then, Wagner has co-produced a documentary with her brother called Children of the Internment — which focuses on events during WWII. The actress’s last credit is from 2017’s The Storyteller in which she plays Dr. Gordon.
Mary Beth Evans
Mary Beth Evans is best known for playing the sweet Kayla Brady on NBC’s daytime soap Days of Our Lives from 1986 to 2002 — as well as reprising the role in 2010. One of the most popular soap actresses of her era, Evans has appeared on several soap dramas including General Hospital, Port Charles, and As the World Turns. Even now, at the age of 57 years old, Evans remains one of the leading ladies of daytime TV.
Finola Hughes is an English actress who first gained recognition when she starred as Laura in Staying Alive, the sequel to Saturday Night Fever. Following that role, Hughes ended up landing the part of Anna Devane on General Hospital. She would go on to play that part for seven years until 1992. Although Hughes has largely stayed on the daytime television circuit, she’s also taken a liking to crew work and sitting behind the camera. In fact, she even directed a feature indie comedy-drama called The Bet. In 2015, Hughes directed her second movie — Byrd and the Bees.
Alison Sweeney, with her all-American baby blues and golden locks, was a safe bet from the start – which is why she began acting from the young age of only 8-years-old. Although she only appeared with small roles on shows like Simon & Simon, it didn’t take long for Sweeney to move into daytime TV, and in 1993 she was cast as Sami Brady Hernandez in Days of Our Lives. Nowadays, Sweeney is also recognized as a host of The Biggest Loser, which she hosted until 2015.
Many titled precede Susan Lucci, among them – television host, entrepreneur, and author. However, she is mostly known for her flawless acting skills, and especially her portrayal of Erica Kane on the daytime soap All My Children from 1970 until 2011. The woman is quite possibly one of the most iconic soap opera characters to date, as her career in soaps has been spanning for five decades, not to mention her appearance in over 30 television shows. Lucci received a 4-minute standing ovation for her win of a Daytime Emmy Award.
Kristen Alderson jump-started her career as a child star on the well-known show One Life To Live. She acted the role of Manning, a job she landed when she was only seven years old, making her the youngest soap star ever to land a contract. Alderson continued to work on the show until 2012, hitting the impressive mark of 811 episodes in total. After the show, Alderson continued to march on the paved soap path and turned to General Hospital for her next challenge.
Eileen Davidson appeared on several long-running shows, including Santa Barbara and Days of Our Lives. Currently, she is acting the role of Ashley Abbott on The Young and the Restless – the same one she has been playing on and off since 1985. It seems that for Davidson, soaps are a way of life.
It seems there is no Days of Our Lives without the fan favorite that is Deidre Hall – or as she is better known since 1976, Dr. Marlena Evans Black. Hall did take several brief breaks to thicken her resume, appearing in various other shows over the last four decades. Her latest work was in 2011, where Hall had a guest appearance on the season finale of Drop Dead Diva. Hall also received her very own Walk of Fame star in 2014. Hall has been married four times, her longest one being 15 years.